1979 - Love Explosion

Love Explosion is Tina Turner's fourth solo album, released in March 1979 on the EMI label in the UK, Ariola Records in West Germany and United Artists in the United States. It was her second solo album to be released after she left husband Ike Turner and the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. The album features heavy influences of funk and disco.

Love Explosion was recorded in Europe and produced by one of the leading characters in French disco at the time, Alec R. Costandinos, who had worked with bands like Love And Kisses and Cerrone and also appeared on the soundtrack to the 1978 movie Thank God It's Friday. Love Explosion and its three singles, "Love Explosion" and "Music Keeps Me Dancin'" (both disco-oriented) and a mid-tempo cover of The O'Jays' 1972 soul classic "Back Stabbers", had minor success on the US and European charts. The album failed to receive any certifications and her record labels would part ways with her, making this Turner's last album on EMI (UK) or United Artists Records (US).

The album's track listing also includes two soulful ballads, "I See Home" and "Just A Little Lovin'", the latter originally recorded by Dusty Springfield on her 1969 album Dusty in Memphis. Love Explosion, just like the preceding Rough, was re-issued on CD by EMI in the early 1990s.

1980 - LP - Love Explosion - Yugoslavia1980 - LP - Love Explosion - Yugoslavia1980 - LP - Love Explosion - Yugoslavia1980 - LP - Love Explosion - Yugoslavia

1996 - CD - Love Explosion - Europe


More releases you will find at the excellent Discogs website

Formats
: LP, CD
Producers: Alec R. Costandinos
Label: United Artists, Ariola Records, Emi

Tracklist
1. Love Explosion
Love Explosion

Album: Love Explosion - 1979

Felt it when your eyes met mine
A fire burning deep down inside
When we touch the 4th of july
Like a thunder blow from the sky
Explosion
Explosion
Love explosion
Exploding my mind with the motion
My whole world is going up
Up
Up in love

Play your part right from the start
Felt the spike can light my mind
Together we can light up the night
When we make love the sky is fire
Explosion
Explosion
Love explosion
Exploding my mind with the motion
My whole world is going up
Up
Up
Up
Up
Up
I'm giving the fire, I got my desire, I feel my desire
Higher and higher
The pressure is growing, our love is growing out of control
Explosion
Explosion
Love explosion
Explosion
Is burning my heart with emotion
My whole world is going up
Up
Up
Up
Up
Up
Explosion
Love Explosion
Explosion
Don't you feel it
Explosion
Is burning my heart with emotion
Give it darling
Explosion
Love Explosion
Explosion
Explosion
Is burning my heart with emotion
Love Explosion
Explosion
Up
Up
Up
Up
Up
Up
Explosion
Love Explosion
Explosion
Don't you feel it
Love Explosion
Higher

Explosion
Burning emotion
Love Explosion
Explosion
Explosion
Higher
Higher
Love Explosion
Burning my heart with emotion
Love Explosion
Higher
Explosion
Higher
Love Explosion
Higher
Explosion
Higher
Love explosion burning my heart with emotion
Higher
Love Explosion
Higher

- Lenny Macaluso, Pat Summerson - 5:55
2. Fool for your love
Fool for your love

Album: Love Explosion - 1979

Loving was so hard to find
Until you came along in my life
And I thought I lose my mind
When you said that you wanted to be mine
Every since that day I’ve been hooked
Nothing could tear me away
Sleeping with you is like a dream come true
And it grows more and more everyday

I’m reaching the haze of haze
Every time I look in your eyes
And if you ask me how I feel I could say it out loud
I feel like a million inside
I never thought this could happened to me
You got me just where you want me baby
For your love I would do anything
Every night I’m a fool for your love
I’m a fool for your love
I’m a fool for your love
I’m a fool for your love
I’m just a fool for your love

Driving home from this sleepin old town
When my days of work is all through
Songs and the light make me wish I could fly
Just to get that faster to you
I waited all day by the telephone
Steering at the clock at the wall
The hours are so long when you’re free from my arms
And I just can wait to hold you
I’m a fool for your love
I’m a fool for your love
I’m a fool for your love
I’m a fool for your love

You give me chills of this spine
I’m feeling so fine when you’re on my mind
And I don’t care if it never stops
‘Cause I love you right up ‘till I drop
I’m a fool for your love
I’m a fool for your love
I’m a fool for your love
I’m just a fool for your love
I want you to know that I’m a fool for your love
I’m a fool for your love
I’m a fool for your love
I don’t care ‘cause I’m a fool for your love
I just want you to know that I’m a fool
I’m a fool
I’m a fool for your love
So I’m a fool for your love
I’m a fool
I’m a fool
I’m a fool
Fool
Fool
Fool
Fool for your love baby

- Leo Sayer, Michael Omartian - 3:24
3. Sunset on Sunset
Sunset on Sunset

Album: Love Explosion - 1979

Sunset on sunset
Blinded by twilight in your eyes
Sunset on sunset
Watching your daydreams fading down
Too many lonely nights
Upon the city lights
That you’re shaking
Too many empty stars
Too many tender hearts
Was that aching

Now you breaking
Just like the sun on the heat
But now you’re hurting yourself so bad that no one else ever will
Lying beside you
Someone you think you meet last night
Lying beside you

Something you know was never right
When you were young last year
You didn’t know that it would surround you
You are a moving queen
And not some sweet sixteen

When they bow you
All around you
They try to tell you it was
And now the easy way out for you is gonna be so hard

- Billy Livsley, David Courtney, Richard Niles - 3:35
4. Music keeps me dancing
Music keeps me dancing

Album: Love Explosion - 1979

Music takes me higher
It’s the fire of my soul
When the music’s louder
It really takes control

Music keeps me dancin’
Music keeps me dancin’
Music keeps me dancin’
Keeps me dancin’
Music keeps me dancin’

I sure like to party
Dance till I can no more
Music is a one thing baby
It makes my spirit go

Music keeps me dancin’
Music keeps me dancin’
Music keeps me dancin’
Keeps me dancin’
Music keeps me dancin’

I can’t stop to move
That takes my body over
Rhythm is a one thing baby
It makes my spirit go

Music keeps me dancin’
Music keeps me dancin’
Music keeps me dancin’
Keeps me dancin’
Music keeps me dancin’

- Macaluso, Summerson - 3:49
5. I see home
I see home

Album: Love Explosion - 1979

First night by your side I knew I found a friend
I haven’t have this feeling inside since I can remember when
I’ve waited a long time to touch you for the first time
And made it my last time
I feel safe and warm in your arms
‘Cause when I look in your eyes I see home
I feel safe and warm
‘Cause I see home
I see home

Sometimes it doesn’t work out and the friend hand’s all the fool
Best friend you ever had couldn’t be your lover too
But I dreamed of the woman you could make me but I look for you
And you where nowhere
I was blinded by the site
‘Cause when I look in your eyes I see home
I feel safe and warm in your arms
‘Cause when I look in your eyes I see home
I’m safe in your arms
‘Cause I see home
I see home

The kids can be stolen but no not love
It’s a gift that’s givin to me
And when the talent of me was afraid to reach out
The love in you
Made me
It made me see
I feel safe and warm in your arms
‘Cause when I look in your eyes I see home
I’m safe in your arms
‘Cause I see home
I see home

Now I feel safe and warm in your arms
‘Cause when I look in your eyes I see home
Now I feel safe and warm in your arms
‘Cause when I look in your eyes I see home
Now I feel safe and warm in your arms
‘Cause when I look in your eyes I see home
Now I feel safe and warm in your arms
When I look in your eyes I see home
And now I feel
I feel
I feel safe and warm in your arms
‘Cause when I look in your eyes
When I look in your eyes
And I keep looking every where
I’ve been feeling for you arms
I’ve been searching for you love
‘Cause when I look in your eyes I see home
Safe and warm in your arms
When I look in your eyes I see home

- Allee Willis, David Lasley - 5:19
6. Backstabbers
Backstabbers

Album: Love Explosion - 1979

Smiling in my face
All the time they want to take my place to backstabbers
Well they smiling in my face
All the time they want to take my place to backstabbers
Everybody
Really have someone
And if you really
Really care
Then I’m telling everybody
That you got beware

Somebody’s out
To take your baby
And I feel your best scream
Sure look shady
Blades are long
Clenched tight in their fist
Aimin straight at your back
And I just don’t think they’ll miss

They keep smiling in your face
All the time they want to take your place to backstabbers
A house full of visits
Always around
Calling to serve my friends
All they keep coming around time and
Time and time and time again
I know they trying
To take my baby
Even though I’m never home
They just keep on coming
What can I do
To get them on the right track
I wish they’d take these knives off my back

They keep smiling in your face
All the time they want to take my place to backstabbers

They keep smiling in my face
All the time they want to take my place
Talk about backstabbers

- Leon Huff, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead - 3:34
7. Just a little lovin'
Just a littlelLovin'

Album: Love Explosion - 1979

Just a little lovin’
Early in the morning
Beats a cup of coffee for starting off the day
Just a little lovin’
When the world is yawning
Makes you wake up feeling good things are coming your way
This whole world wouldn’t be half that bad
Wouldn’t be half that sad
If each and everybody in it had
Just a little lovin’
Early in the morning
A little extra something to kinda see you through
Nothing turns the day on
Really get the dawning
Like a little bit of lovin’ from lovin’ someone like you

This whole world wouldn’t be half that bad
Wouldn’t be half that sad
If each and everybody in it had
Just a little lovin’
Early in the morning
Just a little lovin’
Early in the morning
Just a little bit of lovin’
Early in the morning
Just a little bit of lovin’
Just a little bit of lovin’

- Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil - 3:12
8. You got what I'm gonna get
You got what I'm gonna get

Album: Love Explosion - 1979

Did you know
Fa
Is my middle name
Did you know
You’re the flame
Feel it grow
Baby you got
What I’m gonna get
You got
What I’m gonna get

I’m hot
And you can bet I’m gonna get my way
One thought
Flashes through my mind
I’m not
Leaving you behind
You got
What I have to find
Get ready
Get say
‘Cause you got what I’m gonna get
You got what I’m gonna get

When we touch
Love sees me through and through
I could die
From wanting you
Stay with me
Baby you got
What I’m gonna get
You got
What I’m gonna get

I’m hot
And you can bet I’m gonna get my way
Let me tell you that one thought
Flashes through my mind
I’m not
Leaving you behind
You got
What I have to find
Get ready
Get say
‘Cause you got what I’m gonna get

Would you turn your back on thunder
I wouldn’t turn away from you
Just between us don’t you wonder

- Chris Bennett, Molly-Ann Leikin - 3:08
9. On the radio
On the Radio

Album: Love Explosion - 1979

Well it don’t really matter if there’s no way to go
‘Cause there’s always a party right on your radio
Well it don’t really matter if there’s nowhere to go
‘Cause there’s always a party right on your radio
Listen to the music
On your radio
Listen to the music
On your radio

Well it don’t really matter if you ain’t got it there
‘Cause it don’t cost you nothing to get down anytime
Well it don’t really matter if there’s nowhere to go
‘Cause there’s always a party on your own radio
Listen to the music
On your radio
Listen to the music
On your radio

No
So now listen to the music
On your radio
Listen to the music
On your radio

Well it don’t really matter if there’s no way to go
‘Cause there’s always a party right on your radio
Well it don’t really matter if there’s no way to go
‘Cause there’s always a party on your own radio

- Victor Carstarphen - 3:49

Length: 36:05 min

Singles from Love Explosion
1979 - Music Keeps Me Dancin'
1979 - Love Explosion
1979 - Backstabbers

1979 - 7 Inch Single - Music keeps me dancin' - Love explosion - Spain1979 - 7 Inch Single - Music keeps me dancin' - Love explosion - Spain1979 - 7 Inch Single - Backstabbers - UK

Personnel
Tina Turner - vocals
Jean-Claude Chavanat - guitar
Tony Bonfils - bass
Bernard Arcadio - keyboards
André Ceccarelli - drums
Manu Roche - percussion
George Young, Laurence Feldman, Michael Brecker - tenor saxophone
Lew Delgatto - baritone saxophone
Barry Rogers, Dave Taylor, Tom Malon, Wayne Andre - trombone
Alan Rubin, Randy Brecker - trumpet
George Marge - oboe
Arthur Simms, Stephanie de Sykes, Stevie Lange, Vickie Brown - background vocals
The Pat Halling String Ensemble - strings


Production
Produced by Alec R. Costandinos
Arranged and conducted by Raymond T. Knehnestky
Remixed at Trident Studios, London by Peter R. Kelsey
"Love Explosion" and "Sunset on Sunset" recorded at Trident Studios, London
"On the Radio" remixed at Red Bus Studios, London
Design: RIA Images
Photography: Calude Mougin

Review from Starling:
The title track has some excellent funky guitar on there - generic by all means, but hey, the Bee Gees didn't have even that on Saturday Night Fever. The playful instrumental middle section, with call-and-response battles between guitars, synths and brass, extends the song to the required length (almost seven minutes) but hardly seems out of place. The two tracks should, I think, rank up there with all the 'quality disco' material of the Seventies.

There are also a couple 'serious' numbers on here, intended as 'soulful rockers' rather than mindless dance numbers, and they aren't all that bad, not 'You Got What I'm Gonna Get', at least. That one has got a good drive to it, with heavy guitars contrasting with 'heavy' orchestration, and it could probably qualify for a solid late period Elton John number or something like that. It's got that Elton Johnish mood to it, you know.
T the orchestral sweep of 'Just A Little Lovin' is very professionally and cleverly constructed.

In any case, at least she's honestly trying on all of these songs. There's some really excellent singing on about every track, and really, Love Explosion does a good job at extolling her performing talents from every angle - the sexy disco dancer, the sensitive gal.

 

1974 - Tina Turns the Country On!
1975 - Acid Queen
1978 - Rough
1979 - Love Explosion
1984 - Private Dancer
1986 - Break every rule
1989 - Foreign Affair
1993 - What's love got to do with it
1996 - Wildest Dreams
1999 - Twenty Four Seven

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